His name is merely a mysterious whisper among her acquaintances, his persona intriguing and alluring. With sweetest words and even sweeter promises, Lucious Paddimir ensnares Eva's broken heart in his tangled web.
In late 1800's London, Eva Alderson and her widowed mother, Margie, are barely making ends meet. In love with her childhood friend, Georgie, sixteen-year-old Eva dreams of a brighter future with him-but when he decides to leave London without clearly making his love for her known, Eva's entire world crumbles.
Desperately in search of hope, she finds herself in the affections of a handsome gentleman named Lucious Paddimir. His guise of love and protection hides a carefully planned and methodically executed ruse-meant to seduce, deceive, and entrap Eva. Soon, she finds herself imprisoned in Lucious' world and addicted to a strong and unrelenting opiate of his making-Mr. Paddimir's Juice.
Quickly and passionately, he takes over Eva's life and her body, claiming both as his own. Ultimately, all semblance of freedom is taken from Eva as she is forced into prostitution by the very man who had sworn to always love and protect her. When Georgie hears of her disappearance, he embarks on a journey fueled by relentless love-determined to free her of Lucious, even if it costs Georgie his life.
Helping Victims of Human Trafficking:
Millions of children and teens are taken into human trafficking to be used against their will for billions in illegal profit. It is considered by our governments to be the "modern slavery" of our time. In an effort to help combat this tragedy, a portion of all proceeds from the royalties of the sale of this book will be donated to charities and ministries that rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking.
About the Book:
Mr. Paddimir's Juice is a historical romance novel set in nineteenth-century London. Many of the characters in this novel, and their behaviors, are based on real-life experiences, as well as the struggles, emotions, and feelings common in a young girl. As the reader, we get to experience first hand what it feels like to be in the shoes of a girl who is desperate to find love and freedom, but that feeling is used to trap her, make her dependant on a strong addictive drug, and be used in a high-class brothel. Author Taran Schilg has created a refreshing and compelling story that keeps you engaged. The story is detailed and intricate, with its action consistently dynamic. The positive characters in Mr. Paddimir's Juice are a reflection of what unconditional love looks like; while exposing its polar opposites-lust, greed, and control.
"Don't Drink the Juice"
- Setting: Victorian Era (late 1800's) England
- Lead Character: Eva Alderson, 16, Female, Blonde Hair, Green Eyes
- Story Elements: Childhood Hardships, Teenage Coming of Age, Family Hardship, Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Drug Abuse, Redemption, Unworthiness and Fear, Unconditional Love
- Page Count: 562 Pages
- Target Audiences: Young Adult 16-25, Adult All Ages